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Veterans Day freebies

Parking is free in Spokane today in honor of Veterans Day.

Washington state parks are also free, for the same reason.

Giving the rest of us two more things for which to thank veterans. Two small things, to be sure, compared to thanks for their overall service. But still…

On guard, at the Capitol

OLYMPIA — Veterans Day brought out a few historic uniforms, including this World War II U.S. Army military police uniform, complete with rifle and fixed bayonet.

Butch Ayala of Olympia was on hand for a concert in the rotunda, taking up a post at one of the columns insided the north entrance. Ayalay said he’s a member of the Friends of Willie and Joe history group that provides a living history of the war.

A veteran himself from 1979 to 2003, Ayala said he’s always had enormous respect for the generation that fought in WWII. “It’s my way of saying thanks to a generation that saved the planet.”

Everything in his ensemble, including rifle and bayonet, were originals. Wonder if Ayala would be available to keep order next year during the session?

Veterans Day at the Capitol

Uniforms everywhere. Campaign caps on senior citizens and neckerchiefs on Boy Scouts.

The American Legion band playing in the Capitol Rotunda.

Speeches of duty. Speeches of thanks.

It’s Veterans Day in Olympia. And since Veterans Day started out as Armistice Day, here’s the capitol’s memorial to the War to End All Wars.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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